Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund face each other on Saturday evening at Wembley in the Champions League final after both sides crushed Barcelona and Real Madrid in the semi-finals, respectively.
Bayern have, however, edged past the Black Yellows in the Bundesliga, finishing their campaign with a 25-point lead at the top of the league standings.
For Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, their mission in the Champions League final is one that calls for focus, but he has yet to convince himself that the tie is a 50-50 affair.
“[Borussia Dortmund] they’re physically strong and defend very well, but if we [Bayern] perform in the manner we did against Juventus in the quarter-finals and in the semi-finals against Barcelona, then we’ll win the encounter,” he told the official Bundesliga website.
Ribery also stated that the Bavarians were very familiar with Dortmund’s style of play, affirming that his team knew exactly how to prepare ahead of the showpiece fixture on Saturday.
The former Marseille playmaker admitted that Dortmund’s qualification to the Champions League final was impressive, but was quick to add that Bayern Munich were no less brilliant.
“I was impressed how this team managed to dismantle Real Madrid in the semi-finals, but we should only be thinking of ourselves,” he asserted. “Put simply, we’re stronger [than Dortmund].”
Indeed, Bayern Munich’s form in recent times has conveyed nothing but dominion and relentlessness. On May 25, they will be playing in their third Champions League final in four seasons, which is a record not to neglect.
Knowing how much effort the team has sacrificed over time to earn this achievement, Ribery believes it is time Bayern get their hands on the European title at last.
“I don’t know whether we’ll make it to the final of the Champions League ever again, which is why we want to give it everything we’ve got to finally hold the trophy,” the France international added.
Bayern Munich have a chance to snatch the treble this season, with the DFB Pokal also well within reach. The Bundesliga champions challenge Stuttgart in the domestic cup final in Berlin, on June 1.
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